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Higher Education
9:08 am
Mon November 28, 2011

College students to rally against budget cuts in Olympia

Members of Seattle Central Community College's associated student council prepare to take at least two busloads of students to Olympia to protest budget cuts.
Richard Wohl-Corbin

"...There are ideas out there other than cutting.”

College students will descend on Olympia today as the legislature kicks off a special session to tackle the state’s budget shortfall. Nearly a dozen schools have banded together to send busloads of students to the capitol. 

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Higher Education
3:21 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Should colleges ban smoking on campus? Many in NW think so

Soon, you might not see college students smoking on campus. Schools are increasingly giving cigarettes the boot.
montchr Flickr photo

The ability to smoke a cigarette on college campuses is becoming a subject for the history books.

Several colleges in the Pacific Northwest have banned smoking – not only in and around buildings as required by law – but everywhere on school grounds.

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K-12 Education
11:35 am
Fri November 11, 2011

State's students will need more English and social studies, less electives, to graduate

It’s been more than a quarter century since high school graduation requirements changed in our state. Now, the board of education has voted to increase credits in certain subjects. 

Some school administrators say the move is a step backward for other learning opportunities.  

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K-12 Education
4:33 am
Fri November 4, 2011

How much do students benefit from free practice SATs? Some say a lot

Highline Public Schools encourages sophomores, such as Cordae McAfee (right), to take the PSAT by paying the testing fee. McAfee says he didn't know enough about the test to care about his results but took it anyway.
Charla Bear KPLU

Thousands of students across the state are taking the SAT this weekend.

The college entrance exam plays a big role in admissions, but a lot of students are poorly prepared for it. Some educators say an easy way to change that – and get students to gear up for college earlier – is to pay for sophomores or juniors to take a preliminary version of the test. 

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Education
12:00 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Student achievement flat in Oregon and Washington

Student achievement in Oregon and Washington isn't improving or declining, according to results released Tuesday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

The bi-annual "Nation's Report Card" shows Oregon 4th graders scoring just below the national average on both Reading and Math. Oregon 8th graders are statistically tied with the nation as a whole. Christine Miles with the Oregon Department of Education says the results are basically flat.

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College Athletics
11:03 am
Thu October 27, 2011

WSU Regents considering $80 million Martin Stadium upgrade

The Regents of Washington State University are considering a Martin Stadium upgrade project that would cost an estimated $80 million.

When Oregon State University defeated Washington State University in college football last Saturday, it did so with five team members who had been heavily recruited by WSU.

“They loved Washington State, loved everything about it, their parents were crazy about it. They ended up going to Oregon State—now this is not Oregon, Oregon State, primarily because of their facilities,” says Bill Moos, WSU's director of intercollegiate athletics.

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Seattle Public Schools
3:34 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Theft charges brought against former Seattle schools manager

Interim Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield answers questions Tuesday following the announcement that charges of theft have been filed against former school district manager Silas Potter.
Paula Wissel KPLU

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg has brought felony theft charges against former Seattle Public Schools manager Silas Potter Jr. and two associates, David A. Johnson and Lorrie Sorensen.

Potter was at the center of a financial scandal that led to the firing last March of former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johsnon and Seattle Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Don Kennedy.

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K-12 Education
11:27 am
Mon October 24, 2011

State launches 'jobs for graduates' effort to help dropouts

The unemployment rate for teens and young adults in Washington is one of the highest in the nation – and it’s especially tough on high school dropouts. That’s why state education leaders are trying to ramp up an effort to help students get diplomas and jobs or college placements at the same time.

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Education
10:11 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Prosecutors to file charges in Seattle Schools financial scandal

It's been eight months since the Seattle Public Schools financial scandal was first uncovered, and after a full criminal investigation, King County prosecutors plan to bring charges of felony theft against Silas Potter, Jr., the man at the center of the scandal.

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Education
10:08 am
Fri October 14, 2011

After teacher strike, Tacoma School Board moves to back Santorno

The Tacoma school board has given a vote of confidence to Deputy Superintendent Carla Santorno. They’ve approved a plan to appoint her to two temporary posts as interim superintendant. That puts her in a strong position to take on that role permanently a year and a half from now.

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Education
2:47 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Traveling WWI museum comes to Seattle's Museum of Flight

Waddell & Reed's 18-wheel 'Honoring Our History' Traveling World War I Exhibition
Waddell & Reed

It's a museum on wheels! The traveling World War I exhibition, dubbed the "Honoring Our History Tour", rolls into Seattle this weekend on a custom, 18 wheel truck.

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Education
11:27 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Danny Glover visits high tech school in Federal Way

The Hollywood actor Danny Glover visited with students at a Federal Way Public School that practices STEM education.
Charla Bear KPLU

Students in a Federal Way Public School taught a Hollywood actor a little about STEM education. Danny Glover visited a science, technology, engineering and math school to learn about innovations in public education. 

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Education
3:29 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Actor Danny Glover visits WA tech education program

KENT, Wash. — Actor Danny Glover is in Kent to visit a program that helps low income and minority children gain science, math and technology skills. The visit was planned to help him prepare for a new TV role playing a professor who works with kids gifted in math and science.

Washington STEM, which promotes science, technology, engineering and math education in the state, brought Glover to meet with teachers and students on Tuesday at the Technology Access Foundation, an alternative school in the Federal Way school district.

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Education
3:34 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Where's the latest hotspot for a gourmet meal? Seattle schools

Pamela Hinckley (left), CEO of Tom Douglas Restaurants, serves samples of Pollock Provencal to students at Roxhill elementary. The baked fish dish is one of several new recipes created by local gourmet chefs to entice more kids to eat school lunch.
Charla Bear KPLU

“We want them to expand their palates ..."

When you hear the words “school lunch,” it’s doubtful you think of mouth-watering cuisine. A group of gourmet chefs in Seattle wants to change that.

They’re developing recipes fit for foodies that can be served in the city’s public elementary schools. 

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Education
4:19 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Swing by Starbucks to help local classroom projects

El patojo Flickr

What do coffee drinkers and teachers have in common?

A shared passion to educate local school kids. At least, that’s what the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Starbucks are counting on. The two mega-institutions have teamed up to help King County public school teachers get money for unfunded classroom projects.

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